What’s the latest trend in quickie divorces? The Divorce Hotel, where a married couple checks into separate rooms in a swanky hotel on a Friday, and spends the weekend meeting with mediators and attorneys. And checks out on Sunday with all the paperwork they need to finalize their divorce.
The concept was invented by Dutch entrepreneur Jim Haffens after a friend spent more than a year going through a painful divorce. He charges a flat fee between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on the complexity of the case. And he says that all but one of the couples left his hotel divorce-ready.
He’s now bringing the divorce hotel concept to North America – starting in New York and Los Angeles. And is working with a TV production company to create a reality TV series that follows couples through the process.
He says the service is definitely needed – because more than a million people file for divorce in the U.S. alone every year. And the courts are so backed up, that couples are increasingly turning to mediation and arbitration to end their marriages.
Experts say it’s a great gimmick - but it probably wouldn’t work for most couples. That’s because so many divorces include child custody issues, and other financial complications.
Also, a lot of couples getting divorced are so angry that they can’t stand to be in the same room together, unless it’s absolutely necessary. So, the idea of them spending the weekend together in a fancy hotel is a little ridiculous.